5 Tips for Enjoying Walt Disney World With a Large Family
When some guests plan a Disney vacation it can be an intimate affair whether it’s couples going on a romantic getaway or immediate families planning a Summer vacation. But in some cases, everyone in your large family decides to come along for a grand gathering that may include aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and more! If that applies to your group than this article is the perfect starting point with tips to help you plan a stay for larger groups!
1. Stay Big – With over 25 resorts on property, Walt Disney World has something that is bound to be perfect for your family meet-up. Some of our favorites include Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort which features a lovely Southwestern theme and is spread out on lush grounds providing lots of space for larger families to explore. We’re also pretty fond of The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. They are a fantastic option offering serene settings and amenities like full kitchens and outdoor barbecues perfect for those family picnics. Finally, there’s Disney’s newest resort Art of Animation (pictured above) which features awesome Disney-themed family suites offering 2 bathrooms, kitchenettes and can sleep up to 6 adults!
2. Family Meals – With larger groups, we definitely recommend buffet or family-style offerings. One of our favorites is definitely ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort where you can get your morning off to a great start with delicious breakfast items brought in large skillets to your table for all to enjoy. Those visiting for breakfast will also have an opportunity to meet the much-loved duo Lilo and Stitch! Looking to try something new? We also love San Angel Inn Restaurante located inside the pyramid in the Mexican Pavilion. Here it is always night, you have river views and you may even be lucky enough to catch a volcano eruption or two!
3. Use the Family & Friends Option with My Disney Experience – When traveling as part of a large group it can be hard to keep everyone in the family together especially when it comes to things like FastPasses and dining. We recommend that you get comfortable with the Family and Friends capabilities of My Disney Experience. This is a great way for larger families with multiple reservations and My Disney Experience accounts to share plans and even book activities for the whole group!
4. Pick Experiences the Whole Family Will Enjoy – When you are visiting Disney it can be hard to plan rides and attractions as part of a multi-generational group. You may have teenagers that like thrill rides, grandparents that prefer the classics and tiny tots who want to see their favorite Disney films come to life. However, when organizing your itineraries, do try to incorporate a few attractions each day that the family can experience together. Some of our favorites include “it’s a small world,” and Prince Charming Regal Caroussel in the Magic Kingdom as well as Spaceship Earth at Epcot.
5. Preserve Those Unforgettable Family Moments With a Memory Maker Package – At Walt Disney World, there is something magical around every corner and there will be pixie dust moments that you’ll want to remember with your family for years to come. The best way to preserve the magic is by purchasing a Memory Maker package. Memory Maker costs $169 if purchased up to 3-days before your travels or $199 if you wait until you are at the parks. With Memory Maker you’ll receive unlimited downloads of any of the photos captured by Disney’s PhotoPass team including family shots, character meet and greets, ride photos and videos and so much more!
When traveling as a large group, it also pays to enlist the help of an experienced Disney Vacation Planner who can help you coordinate your visit. Get started by filling out our form below and a MickeyTravels agent will be in touch with your FREE, no obligation quote.